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post #22 of Old 08-23-2013 Thread Starter
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Re: Wind Direction Question from Noob...

So after a great 16-day vacation to the States, I came back home to Abu Dhabi and spent 2.5 beautiful hours on the water today. Thanks to my jet lag, I was finally gave up trying to sleep around 4:00 in the morning and decided to head out for some sailing. The water was beautiful at 7:00, but much calmer. I have 2 more questions:

1. Why is the wind much calmer in the morning than any other time of the day?
2. It seemed to me that fastest I was moving was when I was in a beam reach. Is that typical for sailing? I assumed that a run would be fastest since the wind is pushing you from behind. So in order to go as fast as I can, should I always try for a beam reach?

I'll ask for some advice on my tacking in a later post...

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